Mental & Behavioral Health

The Focus on Life Coping Skills

November 30, 2021 | 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

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Speakers: Blaise Aguirre, MD, Medical Director, 3East DBT Continuum, Assistant Professor in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School Department of Psychiatry; Gillian C. Galen, Psy.D., Program Director, 3East DBT Continuum, Instructor in Psychology, Harvard Medical School Department of Psychiatry

Webinar Description
There are times when all of us can experience the struggle of controlling our emotions. For teachers, emotional challenges can occur beyond home and personal life, but also in the classroom and with colleagues. The expectations of and demands on teachers are significant.

One of the core objectives of DBT is to give all of us, teacher, therapist, patient and student alike a set of skills useful in controlling emotions. These are particularly useful for people who are emotionally sensitive and many of us in child-focused professions are!

This talk will review useful new ideas in emotion regulation as they pertain to ordinary life circumstances and in the particular context of the teacher-student environment.

About the Speakers
Blaise Aguirre, MD, is a child and adolescent psychiatrist. He is a trainer in, and specializes in, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) as well as other treatments such as mentalization-based treatment (MBT) for borderline personality disorder and associated conditions. He is the founding medical director of 3East continuum of care, an array of programs for teens that uses DBT to target self-endangering behaviors as well as the symptoms of borderline personality disorder (BPD) traits. Dr. Aguirre has been a staff psychiatrist at McLean Hospital since 2000 and is nationally and internationally recognized for his extensive work in the treatment of mood and personality disorders in adolescents. He lectures regularly throughout the world. Dr. Aguirre is the author or co-author of many books including Borderline Personality Disorder in Adolescents, Mindfulness for Borderline Personality Disorder, Coping with BPD, and Fighting Back. Listen to Dr. Aguirre talk about teens and suicide on McLean’s podcast Mindful Things.

Gillian C. Galen, PsyD, is a senior child and adolescent psychologist specializing in dialectical behavior therapy. She has extensive experience diagnosing and treating adolescents and young adults who struggle with emotion dysregulation, anxiety, depression, trauma, and self-endangering behaviors, such as self-injury and suicidal behaviors. She has worked closely with Dr. Michael Hollander to develop and run the clinical training program at 3East. Dr. Galen has a particular interest in the use of mindfulness and yoga in the treatment of borderline personality disorder and psychiatric illnesses. She is the co-author of the books Mindfulness for Borderline Personality Disorder: Relieve Your Suffering Using the Core Skill of Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Coping with BPD: DBT and CBT Skills to Soothe the Symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder.

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